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Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by david henman, May 13, 2010.

  1. david henman

    david henman

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    ...i see that Strings and Beyond has some pretty good deals, and free shipping on orders over $35, but no discounts on boxes.

    have you guys found any good sources for strings in canada, particularly in bulk?
     
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  2. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    I used to use JustStrings.com - Strings for guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and other musical instruments but when the dollar got crazy I found it was cheaper to get them in bulk from Long & McQuade when they have their sales. The shop usually gives me a deal anyway when I buy $400 worth, about once a year. Mostly D'Addario, a mix of acoustic, electric, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and bass strings. I've tried The Stringman The Stringman Online Music Supply Store but they didn't have the selection I needed on hand, though they're nice folks who care.

    Peace, Mooh.
     
  3. Brennan

    Brennan

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    I get all my strings from WebStrings. They're great quality (I believe they come from the same manufacturer that make D'Addario), and you can't beat the price. I've been using them for 5 or 6 years now, with no problems.
     
  4. Tarbender

    Tarbender Gold Member

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    +1 for Just Strings - Great service and competitive pricing (even shipped from the USA)
     
  5. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

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    Same thing here, been exclusively dealing with Just Strings. They even send you a set of picks, guitar cleaning cloth together with your order. And they ship fast.
     
  6. did291

    did291

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    +1 for Just Strings
     
  7. bagpipe

    bagpipe

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    Same here. I've bought electric strings, bass strings and resonator strings from them. Happy with all of them.
     
  8. mhammer

    mhammer

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    When we visited hamilton more regularly, I used to get mine from Pongettis on the mountain. They have these long tubular bins where the strings are in bulk. You pick the 6 you want, and that makes a set.
     
  9. Rugburn

    Rugburn

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    How many strings do you guys go through? I've always been happy to buy them at a music store in person. I guess I do like my strings to get old. They sound better when they mellow to my ears. I actually can't stand the "zing" of new strings.

    Shawn.
     
  10. david henman

    david henman

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    ...mine break long before they achive "mellow" status. third night, actually.

    so, i use elixirs, which seem to last forever.

    years ago, when i could only afford one guitar, paying $3.50 for a set of long & mcquades made perfect sense.
     
  11. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    At least one set per month per instrument that's getting used regularly, which would be several. Sometimes extra changes for sessions, gigs, or trauma like wet festivals and such. Sometimes it sucks to be a guitar string.

    Peace, Mooh.
     
  12. Rugburn

    Rugburn

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    I own three guitars. Elixir mediums on my acoustic that are roughly 8 months old. I play this guitar almost everyday. An Ibanez archtop with similarly old strings, and my Strat which needs strings changed a lot more often. The woodier (and hollower) the guitar, the older I like the strings to be. I just don't hear the roundness of the notes the same way when they're played on newer strings. Even fretting the strings makes those nasty squeaks that some people think sound so great. To each there own. Cheers

    Shawn.
     
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  13. pattste

    pattste

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    I order from JustStrings in the USA. I use three different models of strings (all Gibson) for my three guitars. My usual order is 5 sets of each, 15 sets total.
     
  14. joey_capps

    joey_capps

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    I used to break strings regularly too. However, I found now that I get my guitars set up regularly (once a year) and use Nut Sauce when changing strings I rarely break them. I think it's been over a year since I last broke one.

    As for string:

    I use Rickenbacker No. 95403 (compressed, round wound, medium) on my two Ricks. I usually order these directly from Rickenbacker or Pick of the Ricks.

    I use D'Addarios on my other guitars. I usually buy these at Long & McQuade.

    I change strings about once a month on the guitars I use most often. I'd probably change them more often except for two things--time & money.

    Along these lines, I've just read this article about The Edge's setup. Apparently, he has the strings changed on all the guitars he uses before every show. Considering that he is using 17+ guitars for a show, that's almost a new set of strings for every song.
     
  15. Jeflou

    Jeflou

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    www.globalstrings.com. I get all my strings here. small company now but growing. They are a Canadian site.
     

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